Too Many Games Recap

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Well, that was so much fun.

I’m home from Too Many Games, and we had a really great time.  I roomed with Uncle Yo and TV’s Noah of +2 Comedy, and golly, did we have an adventure.

Friday:

We hit all of the traffic and didn’t get to the Con until 5.  The con opened at 2pm.  Oops.  Anyway, upon arriving, it was off to go confirm that ProJared and Doug Walker were actually joining us for that night’s improv panel, and it was not a cruel joke.  Both of the lovely gentleman were ready to play.  We found These Guy Are Sick’s Brett Vanderbrook and Darrin DeMarco, and we put on an amazing show.  I actually remember the show, which almost never happens, partially thanks to the incredible Mew.  WHO DREW FANART IN REAL TIME.  Seriously.  I am framing this in my home.

Seriously. FANART. If you were there, you will recognize all of these moments.

Seriously. FANART. If you were there, you will recognize all of these moments.

So, yeah.  This was a life highlight.  So many people came up with kind words after the show  We loved it, it was amazing.

 

Saturday:

This was, bar none, the craziest day ever.  After arriving at the con, we got a chance to walk the floor (and I definitely didn’t buy a Flareon plushie because that would be irresponsible.) Seemingly before we knew it, 4pm had rolled around and it was time to get ready for Cosplay Pro Wrestling.  If I have failed in the past to mention it, I’m the Princess in Residence, the General Manager, Ring Announcer, and Legit Boss (yeah, no, that’s Sasha Banks, my bad) Princess Peach.  I had to take my first bump, which means that after three shows of being a seemingly untouchable onstage presence, I was about to get hit for the first time. I would say I hadn’t been that nervous in ages, but to be honest, I was crazy nervous for the improv show. Our Luigi informed me that he was going to do a HHH sledgehammer spot.  Which means I was going to get hit in the face with a warp pipe.  We did the spot, and I’m told it looked good, though I really have no idea what it looked like.  I was really surprised- by interrupting the fight, I turned the crowd against me in a huge way.  I really never get to play evil, so it was a little bit fun.  I also didn’t realize that when a wrestler hits you, they connect- I didn’t expect the pipe to touch me.

The rest of the show was amazing.  The guys and the wonderful Wii Fit Trainer put on incredible matches, and the crowd was crazy into it.  If you were at Too Many Games and heard an entire corner of the room chanting “HOLY SHIT,” you should have stopped by!  Our real-life fearless leader, Mike Goldstein, is just fabulous.  He checked in on me the next day, and was just an absolute rock star.  The audience was one of the greatest characters in the show- they kept us guessing.  We were so fortunate that Keith Apicary and MegaRan decided to stop by and save Uncle Yo from Giovanni.

Afterwards, I helped my friends at +2 Comedy by keeping score at Game the Gamer.  I will be promoting their kickstarter when it goes live this August- it’s a really special show, and I’m proud to be even a small part of it.  We hit the afterparty, and then we hit the hotel room and bed- hard.  I don’t think I’ve been that tired in a very long time.

 

Sunday:

“I’m such a heifer.  I ate, like, two bowls of Special K.” -Cher Horowitz, Clueless

I started my day by eating a lot of cereal, and then had to finish the Powerpoint to my Women in Gaming Panel, Wait, Samus is a Girl? A Brief and Ridiculous History of Women in Games. Brief was the right word.  I ran a little under time, and I think it would have been good to add a little more.  I was worried I would have too much ground to cover and over-edited.  I got a few games to play on my to-do list (Transistor) but I am still resisting Overwatch because I fear I will never leave the house.  We had an amazing discussion, and I actually gained a lot of insight into how people really feel about women in gaming.  I also felt better about my constant insistence on how I play Princess Peach stronger and stronger.

 

All in all, Too Many Games was more than kind to me, and I can’t wait to go back next year and have more fun, make more friends, and, well….balls.

 

(I’m posting this from DexCon, which is incredibly fun.  Guys, I am pretty much the luckiest.)

Wizard World 2014 Recap

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Sorry for the bad lighting! (Photo Credit: Beth Anderson)

Before you could blink, another Wizard World Philadelphia is in the books.  Above, you see the Social Justice panel I was on.  Guess which one I am.  The panel went extremely well, and I’m pretty proud of what happened, especially when a sweet Luna Lovegood cosplayer came up to me and thanked me.  That meant a lot.  I was Emma Frost on Saturday, and it was a great deal of fun.   +2 Comedy also had an amazing showing in their panel, which was packed!

Five Things I Learned at Wizard World Philadelphia

  • Rob Paulsen (voice of Pinky and Yakko) is the sweetest man on the planet.  Seriously.  If you ever have the chance to meet him, by all means do so.
  • The cosplayers are getting more and more elaborate, which means more hilarious photo ops.  Seriously, a good cosplayer can be a more valuable photo op than any actor.

See also: this picture of an amazing Oogie Boogie from the Nightmare Before Christmas, which probably puts the costumed character at Disney to shame.

If I were on his Boogie list, I'd get out of town.

If I were on his Boogie list, I’d get out of town.

  • There is a Wawa next to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and that’s a really, really good thing.
  • Lines were not nearly the issue they have been in the past for panels.  People were able to get into the 3pm Firefly panel right up to 2:45 (which is something that is unheard of in many conventions.)  Lines for photo ops and autographs, however, were terrifying and apparently poorly organized.
  • Anthony Mackie is incredibly charming, and Christopher Lloyd does not wish to be called Christopher.

In the end, Wizard World Philadelphia was an amazing, with everyone having a good time.  I’m going to Too Many Games Expo this Saturday, and I’ll see you there!

Wizard World Philadelphia: What You Need to Know

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If you’re in or near the city of brotherly love, this weekend is a good weekend for nerds.

Wizard World Philadelphia, the largest convention in the area, is here from today-Sunday.

Here’s the rundown on some quick things you need to know.

You will have to stand in line for some of the biggest panels.

This is pretty new for Philadelphia.  When Chris Hemsworth turned up in 2012, fresh from Avengers, there was no line to get into his panel in the grand ballroom.  Last year’s Firefly panel, however, drew incredible amounts of people that lined up hours in advance.  This year’s Firefly panel boasts Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk, so expect that to be rough.

You may have to pay extra for some things

Both Matt Smith/ Karen Gillan and Jason David Frank are hosting extra-ticketed events, as well as the standard paying for autographs and photos.

There is a Wawa and a new Panera Bread near the convention center

Trust me, these are the quickest, easiest places to go for cheap decent food.  Prepare for confused employees.

If you’re coming from NJ, the PATCO is reliable but crowded.

If you miss your train, it might be awhile for the next one.  Keep that in mind.

Have fun!